What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai's life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail. It's from Kai's older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins, "If you are reading this, I am already gone." Jen has committed suicide.Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen's funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That's when her parents shock her: they're sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens.Kai is not a happy camper at first. But when she meets other kids who are grappling with loss, she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh ... and fall in love.Just a Normal Tuesday offers a roadmap for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world.Author Kim Turrisi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as co-creator, executive producer and writer of Venice: The Series. Kim also wrote for ABC Family's webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an online companion to Pretty Little Liars. This is her first novel.
|Publisher:||Kids Can Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
After graduating from Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production, Kim segued into the development side of the business. She first worked as a development executive at Columbia TriStar and eventually shepherded many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family's webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an internet companion piece to smash hit Pretty Little Liars.Born in Hawaii, Kim credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat who moved every two years. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An emotionally wringing and heartfelt book about 16 year old Kai surviving the suicide of her beloved older sister, Jen. Beautiful, smart, successful, Jen loved music, traveling, and her baby sister best of all so who could know that she was suffering so much that she decided on death as a remedy? That Sunday night supper she had eaten her favorite meal, laughing and talking just like always, then went home and wrote her final letters to her mom, dad, and sister, put them in the mail, then ended her life. The struggle to cope with Jen's loss tears her family apart. She was always the go-between for Kai and her success and work obsessed parents, and now that she's gone even Kai's two best friends can't stop her from spiraling out of control. When she hits rock bottom, her parents get their heads out of their own separate attempts to weather their grief to realize their daughter's pain is endangering her. Grief camp is their lame decision and Kai is initially resistant to what finally ends up saving her. Watching her make friends and support other kids who have experienced similar losses is life-affirming and will possibly help readers who have lost someone they love or who might be suffering suicidal thoughts. This was a wonderful story and I look forward to more works by the author.
This book shines a light. Learning that the author lost her own sister to suicide and has spent most of her life calling herself an only child--because it was an easier mine field to walk than the "shame" of suicide--illustrates why this book is so important for all of us to read. Shame, guilt, anger, hopelessness and anger are words that help to perpetuate so many untruths about all aspects of suicide, especially when we cloak them in silence. Luckily, there is so much to unwrap beneath the cover of this book and I'm so glad that more and more brave people are willing to start these conversations and take steps forward. It helps us all. I can't wait to see what Turrisi writes next.
Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi! Kai and her parents are consumed with grief over the suicide of her sister Jen. I like how the story covers their grief and how each of them handles everything differently from finding Jen, her letters to each family member, the funeral preparations, their relationships with others and work and school when they try to get back to "normal". All of this is covered in the first half of the book then Kai hits rock bottom and her friends and family don't know how to help her, so she's sent to a grief camp. This turns out to be the best possible choice. Small group discussions and activities help the teenagers learn how to move forward without forgetting the loved ones they have lost. Helping others seems to be the best way to overcome sadness because of thinking about someone else instead of just yourself heals broken hearts. I'm impressed with this book, the realistic feel of it, and I fell in love with the characters and wanted them to heal. The background of the story is interesting also and I appreciate the author being willing to share her personal experiences along with her pain. The resources included at the end will help many readers know where to find the help they need; 5 stars for a beautiful story of experiencing loss and the hope that brings light back into our lives.
This is such an important book for young people and adults alike. It provides an opportunity to have a conversation about death, depression, and survival. It addresses the intense and complicated feelings of those left behind when someone dies, regardless of cause. I was not expecting it to have the impact on me that it did. Weeks after finishing it, I still find myself thinking about it.